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.m. here in the nation's capital -- mitt romney will address the naacp in houston, texas to try to sell his jobs plan for the economy. unemployment in the african-american community is at 14.4%, far outpacing the national average. yesterday both campaigns focused on granting the other as responsible for sending jobs overseas. >> he likes to talk about outsourcing. he's run some interesting attack ads on me on that topic. it is interesting that when it comes to outsourcing, that this plaed been president has been outsourcing a good deal of -- of american jobs himself by putting money into energy companies, solar and wind energy companies that end up make their products outside the utes. if there's an outsourcer in chief it's the president in the united states, not the guy running to replace him. >> governor romney, in the business of outsourcing called pioneers. my experience has been working with outstanding members of labor and great managers to save the american auto industry. and as long as i'm president, i will keep fighting to make sure jobs are located here in the united states of ame
. texas already has. i think the highest rate of uninsured people are in texas. the answer from the left, i don't have an answer. people aren't in the streets protesting a lot of things they should be protesting but this is a situation where these are poor working poor people, they are busy. this is something they haven't gotten yet so it's not exactly being taken away from them. >> i just feel the pendulum has swung so far in the wrong direction in terms of the debate over this. we are talking about the governors that have said they're opting out of this, they have 29% of the total americans without health insurance in this country. the idea that not only are they not apologizing for this decision, but that they feel like they can sort of go out like yosemite sam with guns blazing and say this is equivalent to the titanic or the gestapo is shocking. >> it really is. i think we should say it simply. people are going to die because rick perry wants to run for president again or governors want to pander to the tea party. that's what's going to happen here. you have very poor people who are
-800-345-2550 so talk to chuck tdd# 1-800-345-2550 because when it comes to talking, there is no fee. >> texas governor rick perry is the latest to reject the affordable care act. they want to stall or stop carrying out the requirements all together, calling it socialized medicine this will bankrupt his state. >> the bottom line is that medicaid is a failed program. to expand this program is not unlike adding 1,000 people to the titanic. >> there is a bottom line question. what does it mean to people who live in states like texas. msnbc's richard louie. >> more than half of the country's states who wanted to stop the affordable care act. even though the land's highest court upheld the law, in addition to the six governor, the brock o brookings institutions said they are refusing to execute the law. governor perry's refusal means 1.4 million people will not for now. on average, a person in this group i was showing you makes from around $3,000 a year up to just under $15,000. these are the poorest living on 26 to 133% of the poverty line and in addition rejecting medicaid, some are rejecting cre
monsters to destroy the souls of children. >>> sherman helmsly has died at age 74. police in texas say he was found at his home, there's no word yet on the cause of death. >>> actor chad everett, the star of the '70s tv series, "medical center" has died of lung cancer as age 75. >>> and archaeologists say they may have found the remains of the woman commonly thought to be the model of the "mona lisa" experts may be able to reconstruct the face and compare it to the picture. >>> here's your first look at this morning's dish of scrambled politics. the "washington post" reports environmental groups are launching a campaign against republican lawmakers, they're calling the flat earth five. because they question greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and other sources are transforming the earth's climate. >>> the "huffington post" reports that the republicans in the house mistakenly confused the words employment and unemployment. that led house democrat nancy pelosi to joke, looks like they should stop harping about red tape and start looking for the white-out. >>> "mother jones" reports c
. in texas one family is getting the creeps, a crowing number of tehran ch las are making themselves at home on one man's property. he spotted at least ten in his home in the past month along with scorpions. one expert says they don't pose much risk but also are not easy to get rid of. >>> in massachusetts one man paid off his mortgage down to the last penny, he saved up $62,000 pennies. he started saving one current at a time after getting his mortgage. it took bank employees more than two days to unroll the coins, more than 400 pounds. >>> nasa captured amazing new images showing a 360-degree view of the martian landscape. the rover opportunity combined more than 800 pictures to show a composite view of a martian winter. ooh shows a martian crater spanning about 14 miles in diameter. >>> now for a look at the national weather, we turn to meade olt todd santos with the weather channel forecast. i think it's a painted desert in arizona. they couldn't find any picture. >> conspiracy theory. it's just a picture of the grand canyon, not actually mars. can't say too much about the martian winter
in the other big event of the day, mitt romney going deep in the heart of texas and making his case that he would serve the african-american community better than the current occupant of the white house. yes. romney made a move for the black vote at the annual con freps conference of the naacp. putting on a game face of friday night lights and trying to pry away support from the man that's 2 most visible sign of the success of that very organization. the president himself. and take a look. they did. a double take by the sounds of it when mr. romney offered up his plan to repeal the president's signature health care law. >> i'm going to eliminate every non-essential expensive program i can find. that includes obamacare and i'm going to work to reform and save -- [ booing ] >> don't worry if romney looked stunned there. he carried on bravely trotting out his favorite chamber of commerce study reassuring the naacp audience with a bogus survey by a lobbyist group. i'm sure they felt much better after that. while governor romney was enjoying a cheer down in texas, house speaker john boehner was
, it's republicans who have it upside down as he made his case this afternoon in san antonio, texas. >> i don't believe in top down economics. i believe in middle out economics. bottom up economics. i believe in fighting on behalf of working families and giving them opportunity. that's not a democratic idea. that's an american idea. that's what built this country. >> that tit for tat after a week that kicked off with some stellar spin with the romney camp saying that retired retroactively from bain capital and jon stewart for one, he ain't buying it. >> i'm not saying that if you have a time machine, you necessarily have to kill hitler. but this retroactive retirement is the worst use of a time machine i have ever seen. >> or to even lower gas prices, but even as the week threatened to be sucked down the drain of mitt's hot tub time machine, the obama camp released a new ad hinting at romney's lack of tranz pa transparency. >> tax havens, offshore accounts carried interest. mitt romney has used every trick in the book. he admits in the last two years he's paid less than 2% on 43 mil
now, states have a ton of leeway to decide who is and who isn't eligible for medicaid. texas, the they only cover adults at 26% of the poverty line. it's $11,170 a year. so you could be a single person making $3,000 a year and you're not poor enough to qualify for medicaid. that's part of the reason texas has the highest uninsured rate in the entire nation. in massachusetts, by contrast, they cover working adults up to 133% of the poverty level. this is due to a former governor whose name rhymed with smitt sromney. everyone making up to 133% of the poverty line, they get medicaid automatically. right now, the federal government pays about 57% of medicaid's costs. states pick up the rest. and that's a good enough deal that every single state participates. in the affordable care act for the first three acts, the feds will cover 100% of the difference between wherever the state is now and where the law wants them to go 100%. after 2020, that drops a bit, but only drops to 90%. for every dollar the state puts in, the feds will put in $9. it's an incredible deal. the less you have
of north carolina, rain. greens buburg to raleigh, rain. the texas coast, beaumont, port arthur through galveston and an few showers near houston popped up. a few areas this morning a rough drive. otherwise, a quiet weather map the entire northern half kuch country. a warm weather map and not the incredible heat wave we've seen over the last the two weeks and hoping to get rain. arkansas one of the worst drought spots in the country along with colorado. the potential, especially eastern half of arkansas, a little rain. showers and thunderstorms hit-and-miss throughout the south east and a warm typical summerlike day for rest of us. enjoy. >> thanks, bill. >>> revising downward on wall street. americans city going bust, and which of the united states is the best for doing business? your "first look" at this morning's business headlines is straight ahead. >>> coming up, griffin strikes is rich, an all-star blowout and what fans know the rest of us don't. you're watching "first look" on nbc. ♪ [ acoustic guitar: slow ] [ barks ] ♪ [ upbeat ] [ barks ] beneful playful life is made with
a grid that's been ravaged. pepco the utility serving washington has crews in from georgia, texas, even canada. >> tree trimmers, contract line crews, our crews, we're really starting -- we're going to make a dent in this. >> you know people are not happy? >> absolutely. we get it. >> frustrated. >> reporter: david rutland's refrigerator and his neighbor's are full of spoiling food. with gas stations unable to pump. and thousands of people crowding malls and cooling shelters and libraries and schools, word is power might not be back on for many until friday. >> we put a lot of money into restoring or hardening the system but this was an extreme event. >> reporter: the first storms blasted through friday night. 90 mile-per-hour winds. >> you could see the rain coming through, trees falling, trash lifting off the ground. >> reporter: more storms, heavy rain in chicago. wind in north carolina toppled more trees. one killed a couple on a golf cart. another killed a man taking refuge in a barn. the death toll in the storms past 22 and today will be even hotter from coast to coast. and in the
-election campaign in texas today. in george w. bush's backyard on the day he puts out his economic growth how-to book. you will have a report from barack obama's charge across texas coming up next. [ male announcer ] eligible for medicare? that's a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they pick up some of what medicare doesn't pay. and save you up to thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs. call today to request a free decision guide to help you better understand what medicare is all about. and which aarp medicare supplement plan works best for you. with these types of plans, you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients... plus, there are no networks, and you'llever need a referral to see a specialist. there's a range of plans to choose from, too. and they all travel with you. anywhere in the country. join the millions who have a
you think about the idea of texas as a swing state? >> you're not considered one of the battleground states although that's going to be changing soon. >> president obama speaking to a very enthusiastic crowd in the great state of texas yesterday. if you are a republican, the idea of texas as a swing state is probably a very worrying idea. but look, texas has now officially become a majority minority state as of the last census with latinos leading the new majority group in texas. if you're a republican politician, the view from the top of the ticket on the subject of your appeal to latino voters is not a good view. in the latest latino decisions poll which was just released today, president obama's lead over mitt romney among latino voters is 48 points. not that he's got support of 48% of latinos. 48 points is the margin of president obama's lead. this is a big republican problem. so what does the republican party do about the horrible polling with the fastest growing minority grew in the country? >> there is this new ad airing in a handful of states featuring a handsome romney offsp
of texas. the law passed last year requires texas voters to produce a government issued photo i.d. and at issue is whether the law violates the federal voting rights act. states with similar laws obviously watching the outcome of this. the obama administration has vigorously challenged these laws and joining me now, victoria, a visiting scholar at the university of texas. thank you so much for joining me. >> my pleasure. >> obviously in texas we talked a lot about african-americans but in texas we're looking at the numbers regarding especially the hispanic community that many believe could be alienated and somehow disenfranchised by these laws. >> absolutely. you know, the voter i.d. law is a perfect solution looking for a problem. the fact that there is evidence of systematic vote fraud just isn't there. however, we do have hard evidence that if voter i.d. laws such as these are put into place, you'll suppress voter turnout and you'll suppress the voter turnout with minorities, the poor, elderly and the youth. here in texas, minority voters being disproportionately latino. at t
the democrats are in control. >>> eric holder has a scathing characterization of the texas voter i.d. law, the legality of which will be decided this week in federal court. >> under the proposed law, concealed handgun licenses would be acceptable forms of photo i.d. but student i.d.s would not. many of those without i.d.s would have to travel great distances to get them. and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them. we call those poll taxes. >> the justice department first rejected the law in march deeming it a violation of the voting rights act. the doj says the law could denierly a million mostly hispanic voters a chance to cast their ballot. our friend ari berman writes about the latest developments in this case for the nation. thanks for joining us. >> thanks for having me. >> tell us what the latest is in texas. >> so there's a trial this week in federal court to see whether the texas voter i.d. law does violate the voting rights act. the department of justice said up to 1.4 million voters predominantly hispanic and african-american could be disenfr
primary in texas today. extreme takeover of the gop is real. and there's a serious cost to the american people. joining me now is victoria, fellow and university of texas and our nbc latino contributor. wayne slater, senior political reporter for the "dallas morning news." thanks for being here. >> thank you. >> now, wayne, are you surprised to hear this kind of criticism coming from within the gop? >> no, i'm not surprised. you look at what the tea party method, its approach, actual banner of the tea party as it begins to form in 2009. and manifested itself in 2010. no compromise, no retreat. and what's happening now is the chickens have come home to roost. and the republican party less and less is a place for moderate republicans. so what you see is a squeeze and divide within the republican party, we see it here in texas with the ted cruz race. we have seen it elsewhere where the idea of compromise is out the window and the whole thing is about my side, my way, my highway, or no way. >> well, let me ask you victoria. when you look at the fact that several republicans have come out an
edition of the interview. seriously. and we've got some good news from austin, texas, and portmouthnew hampshire. and we're done playing this sound effect. we are done with that. if you do not believe me, go to fred thompson is inherently funny.com. i should said we weren't going to play it again. yet the house is considering a bill to close thousands of offices, slash service and layoff over 100,000 workers. the postal service is recording financial losses, but not for reasons you might think. the problem ? a burden no other agency or company bears. a 2006 law that drains $5 billion a year from post office revenue while the postal service is forced to overpay billions more into federal accounts. house bill 2309 is not the answer. as her family pulled out of the driveway, this isn't just a teddy bear. it's a step towards normal. it's why allstate catastrophe teams didn't just arrive at these fires with cold water and checks to help the grown-ups start the rebuilding... they also brought thousands of these teddy bears for kids. people come first. everything else is second. [ female anno
in houston, texas. we're going to keep our eye on those live pictures. he'll be offering rebuttal to romney's speech he made yesterday. despite rounds of applause throughout romney's speech, the crowd did boo after romney said he would repeal the president's health care reform law. romney reacted last night during a fundraiser in montana saying "remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy but don't forget nothing is free. it has to be paid for by people in the private sector creating goods and services." joining me now, we have two people on our panel. i want to start here with democratic strategist steve mcmahon. the president doesn't have any events these two days. i'd like to get to the reaction of thefr freeh statement. despite the president not having events for today and yesterday, he had some schedule conflicts. how will convention goers see this joe biden being there instead of the president? >> the convention goers fully understand that the obama administration is the best friend they ever had in washington. and joe biden is a
arguments in a case aimed at preventing texas from implementing a photo i.d. law that the justice department says could disenfranchise more than one million voters. this came as the obama administration reluctantly agreed to give florida permission to use a federal data base that will enable that state to move forward with a purge of voters who they believe are not registered properly or are noncitizens. a poll released yesterday on that shows that 54% of florida voters support that approach. joy-ann reid, we have talked a lot about voter i.d. we talk about it because it's important, it's a big story, and because it's political, because every voter i.d. law that has passed in the last four years has been a party line republican effort, although there have been some republican governors here and there who have pushed back. what you look at in texas is a little different. the supreme court has said look, you can require a photo i.d. they had that in a case in indiana. that is the current law. what's going on in texas relates more to the history of racism and segregation in voting and basically
. >> california is not doing well but texas is. cnbc just voted it the number one state to do business. it ranks highest in infrastructure. second highest in technology and innovation. third in cost of living. it also bears pointing out that it has no property tax and zero percent corporate tax rate. >> it has a property tax. it has no income tax. >> that's what i mean. i'm sorry. no income tax and zero percent corporate tax rate. there's business friendly regulations. are there lessons here that you think california could learn and export from texas or are these cases of two completely different sort of societies? >> i think there are a lot of states and places that might be able to learn from texas. i think california is too different partly -- texas has the advantage of having some oil money so they actually don't necessarily need to rely on income taxes. the fact that california can only rely on property taxes in a very limited way means that they are more reliant on the income tax which also led to them being, you know, buffeted more as the economy turns down. texas actually did really well
of four events for the obama re-election campaign in texas today. in george w. bush's backyard on the day he puts out his economic growth how-to book. you will have a report from barack obama's charge across texas coming up next. ♪ uh-huh... uh-huh... uh-huh... ♪ ♪ it kinda makes me miss the days when we ♪ ♪ used to rock the microphone ♪ back when our credit score couldn't get us a micro-loan ♪ ♪ so light it up! ♪ even better than we did before ♪ ♪ yeah prep yourself america we're back for more ♪ ♪ our look is slacker chic and our sound is hardcore ♪ ♪ and we're here to drop a rhyme about free-credit-score ♪ ♪ i'm singing free-credit-score-dot-com ♪ ♪ dot-com narrator: offer applies with enrollment in freecreditscore.com. ♪ something to me ♪ that nobody else could do car insurance companies say they'll save you by switching, you'd have like, a ton of dollars. but how are they saving you those dollars? a lot of companies might answer "um" or, "no comment." then there's esurance. born online, raised by technology, and majors in efficiency. so whatev
real jail. >>> and finally in texas, follow that scooter. police are fishing for the man in this video who stole seafood from a walmart. using his motorized chair to make his escape. he lifted $200 of lobster tails, loaded them into his basket and just rolled out of the store. he stuffed the lobsters in his car and took off. authorities say an employee did get the license plate of the car. but not the scooter. >>> now for a look at your national weather, we turn to nbc meteorologist bill cairns. >> guy's got taste. >> if you're going to go for something, go to the lobster tails. >> corn on the cob in the car, littleneck clams and we got ourselves a barbeque. >> we're condoning eating a lot of lobsters. >>> there's a few things in life every weather guy has to do, blizzard, hurricane, chase tornadoes and go to the top of mount washington. the reason i mentioned all of these things, one of these things i haven't done, never been to death valley national park, california, one of the hottest places in the entire country. phoenix was 111, 114 in vegas. death valley is located here, it was 1
. it will add rain chances to those that did need it. >> thank you. coming up, texas industries a jinx and one last cup of joe for the road. >> coming up, an impressive start for usa basketball and the olympics are over before they even start for one member of the dream team. you're watching "first look" on msnbc. ♪ atmix of energies.ve the world needs a broader that's why we're supplying natural gas to generate cleaner electricity... that has around 50% fewer co2 emissions than coal. and it's also why, with our partner in brazil, shell is producing ethanol - a biofuel made from renewable sugarcane. >>a minute, mom! let's broaden the world's energy mix. let's go. >>> welcome back to "first look," i'm lynn berry. syrian activists are reporting a new massacre of more than 100 people yesterday in central hama province. the "new york times" says there are reports of more than 200 killed. >> "the washington post" reports first lady michelle obama was allegedly a target of a threat by a police officer in the district of columbia. he allegedly said he would shoot the first lady and use his phone to
edition of the interview. seriously. and we've got some good news from austin, texas, and portmouth new hampshire. and we're done playing this sound effect. we are done with that. if you do not believe me, go to fred thompson is inherently funny.com. i should said we weren't going to play it again. unsolved case of older sister who goes for the white house. that's still ahead. >>> other than me and susan and catholosim, my girlfriend's family and my family have almost nothing in common. they're in new jersey and new england we're from canada and california. they make short ribs, we make pot roast. but there is this one unexpected thing. at at least one time or another we've been devoted jeep families. our families if you added us together, we're probably responsible for something like 15 jeeps over time. particularly jeep cherokees of different sorts. both of our families bought them even back when they were terrible cars. close the door and the frame would rattle and the ventilation would sound like something stuck in there. i used to light susan's jeep on fire all the time just trying
in texas as obama takes aim at the record at town hall and pennsylvania. he'll be greeted by the new obama ad. this time asking if romney and the unreleased years, quote, paid any taxes at all. >> tax havens offshore accounts, carried interest. mitt rom any has used every trick in the book. romney admits that in the last three years he's paid -- we don't know because romney has released just one full year of his tax returns and won't release anything before 2010. >> i have put out as much as we're going to put out. >> what is mitt romney hiding? >> it will not die, the taxes story and mitt romney, the president will not let it and he was back in ohio yet for his eighth trip to the state this year and it was his first town hall in the re-election campaign. >> what's your favorite girl scout cookie? >> i'm pretty partial to those mint -- >> thin mints. >> when can i cut your hair. >> you would not want a president who was disloyal to his barber. >> not exactly hammered with hard questions there in the town hall, but obama hammered romney for a tax strategy that would urge companies to create
news from austin, texas, and portmouth new hampshire. and we're done playing this sound effect. we are done with that. if you do not believe me, go to fred thompson is inherently funny.com. i should said we weren't going to play it again. who saw flames reach her home as her family pulled out of the driveway, this isn't just a teddy bear. it's a step towards normal. it's why allstate catastrophe teams didn't just arrive at these fires with cold water and checks to help the grown-ups start the rebuilding... they also brought thousands of these teddy bears for kids. people come first. everything else is second. [ female announcer ] allstate customers affected by the recent wildfires call 1-800-547-8676. visit a mobile claims office, your agent or allstate.com >>> the mysterious and as yet unsolved case of older sister who goes for the white house. that's still ahead. people have doubts about taking aspirin for pain. but they haven't experienced extra strength bayer advanced aspirin. in fact, in a recent survey, 95% of people who tried it agreed that it relieved their headache fast. v
to decide whoa could replace them in the month of august. early voting under way in texas where that race was not supposed to be that close. lost by double-digits to the governor in the senate primary in may. they fell short of the 50% mark to avoid a run off. cruise has been cruising and held a slide lead, but it doesn't stop there. texas will be followed by a primary in missouri. clair mcclassic il and hawaii picks a democrat to fill akak a's shoes. wisconsin's republicans and the race for them and august ends with the race to fill john kyl's seat. still unclear who the nominee will be in that state. we have the editor in chief and gentlemen, welcome to you both. busy august all because of the voting issue. everything got moved up. august is a bigger primary month. let's start with texas. the winner of this run off will be the next united states senator. that is say fact. i am surprised david is still in the race. it's a fighter's chance considering how it's a low turn out. conservatives could dominate. >> i think we all believe we turn out as critical. the better chance and a smaller t
there in houston, texas. vice president joe biden, someone in the higher levels of the naacp calling joe biden a friend of the naacp. mitt romney, was he a friend to the organization yesterday? >> i think romney unfortunately really set biden up well here. he came there and used the phrase repeal obama care. he signalled disrespect to the president. that's not the way to win votes with this crowd. it felt like they were being used and that was just, i think, he could have done much better. >> what would you have preferred to hear from mitt romney yesterday? >> we wanted to hear what his plan was. how are you going to make it easier for small businesses to grow and flourish? deal with the credit crunch. >> you're fine. keep going. >> what's the one, two, three to deal with jobs. how are you going to create jobs in our community? talk about, for instance, the common ground between the civil rights community and the tea party in states like texas around criminal justice reform? some sort of bridge. he came there and felt like he intended to burn a bridge. that's not good. >> the vice president, i
valley and through texas could become active. it's the heat of the day that will get those going. d.c., isolated chance. better chances toward raleigh, char shot, south carolina, atlanta as well. a few showers toward the houston area, a few of them producing a little bit of lightning. we'll talk about what we can expect the next couple of days. for some areas it's repeating itself day after day. >>> also coming up, earnings start off down. china shows no sign of heating up. and what is by far america's favorite flower? your first look at business headlines straight ahead. >>> prince is king of the home run derby. and cheering a yankees slugger. [ male announcer ] you sprayed them. thought they were dead. huh? [ male announcer ] should've used roundup. it kills weeds to the root, so they don't come back. roundup. no root. no weed. no problem. did you know honey nut cheerios is america's favorite cereal? oh, you're good! hey, did you know that honey nut cheerios is... oh you too! ooh, hey america's favorite cereal is... honey nut cheerios ok then off to iceland! >>> welcome back to "f
in february, the university of texas announced the results of a new study, new study shows no evidence of ground water contamination from hydraulic fracturing, awesome, sounds great. you learn as the world did last week that the lead scientist of the study also works for a fracking company in texas. he sits on the board of a texas fracking company and holds stock and gets a nice annual fee. meanwhile, folks who live near fracking in texas are waking up to brand new earthquakes in their neighborhoods. one county has experienced 11 small quakes since early june. they used to have no earthquakes ever in that texas county, ever. now they've got deep injection wells and they're getting enough earthquakes that the insurance companies are starting to market earthquake insurance to the homeowners there. maybe they could ask the scientist who sits on the fracking board if the fracking is causing the quakes. as we worry over the associated calamity when we dig and drill and blast and mine and fracthis stuff out of the ground so we can set it on fire for fuel, as we marvel over just how astonishi
radar this morning. texas governor rick perry joined the list of governors who won't expand medicaid under president obama's health care reform law. texas is the 7th and largest state to reject the expansion according to a list kept by the hill newspaper. florida, kansas, iowa, south carolina and wisconsin. all seven have republican governors and make up 21% of the population. eight other states are leaning toward rejecting the expansion. look at the map here. seven of them have republican governors. the exception is missouri. that state's legislature and lieutenant governor's office are controlled by republicans. the obama campaign pulled in $71 million last month, less than romney's $106 million haul. second consecutive month they have outraised the president. what looks like a sizable advantage for team romney isn't there now. let me explain. romney can't spend any of the general election funds he raised until after he accepts the republican nomination in late august during the convention. until then the romney campaign is stuck with primary dollars putting him at a spending disad
in the affordable health care act. two of those states, texas and florida, by themselves account for 3 million people who are eligible under the medicaid expansion who simply won't get it thanks to their governors. the law could extend coverage to anyone with an income up to 133% of the poverty line, let's be clear who falls in the category. an individual with an annual income just below $15,000 or a family of four living on as little as $30,000 a year. before the affordable care act expanded the social safety net to catch these people, they simply were not quite poor enough to qualify for health care and still are not in the seven states whose governors seem contempt to let them continue to slip through the cracks. as we discuss making an appeal to the middle class, i still have to wonder why for those still struggling to get in that class their own governors who deny them just a little bit of help, still we me at the table, shelby knox, lawrence otis graham, it feels like the poverty line is a better definition of the poor, a definition of a family of four existing on $30,000 as wealthy enou
including texas, which hey, also made voting more difficult and also, hey, was rebuffed by the justice department, which is also now in court waiting for a judge's ruling. according to the doj, there are a million and a half voters in texas who don't have the kind of id the state now requires for voting. a million and a half. so far, two states who have seen their voter id laws rejected by the justice department in the last year alone. two doesn't seem like a big number before you realize before texas and south carolina made voting more difficult, the justice department hadn't rejecting a state voting law in 20 years. nothing for 20 years, then in just one year, the department has to do it twois t it twice. most of the states under the department of justice's jurisdiction on these things are in the south and it's thanks to the 1965 voter rights act. but there's an ask rsk. they have to get department of justice approval. in new hampshire's republican legislature made it more difficult to vote and the governor vetoed the law and the legislature overroad that, changing the legislation sl
-- the audience here was texas, donors, independent voters. it was not about the people in the room. think about what george bush did when he was a candidate in 2000. talk about the soft bigotry of expectations and no child left behind. even if you disagree, he tried to come with something. john mccain when he went last cycle, he acknowledged the history of having the first african-american candidate. romney didn't any of those kinds of things. he attacked -- called him my opponent a couple times in addition to going after obama care. the other thing i find hypocritical. he was perfectly happy to invoke his father who does have an impressive record when it comes to an issue like this, but he runs away from his father's record when it comes to transparency and releasing his tax records. major hypocrisy. >> he also seems to run away from his father in terms of his father showing courage in terms of marching with civil rights and standing up for civil rights issues, i believe his mother met dr. king. you have to ask yourself is mitt romney showing the same kind of outreach and the same kind of risk
texas with governor perry there saying that his state is going to opt out of medicaid even to the extent it's going to cost them money, put them at odds federally, put them at odds with the federal government, potentially, in legal breach of what their responsibilities are. do you think we're entering into a position where the red states and blue states are going to diverge fundamentally on what it's like to live there. whether or not you have health care based on whether or not your governor is a republican or democrat. >> vermont is different than texas, so there's a decision, and the decision in vermont, when we embraced the effort, that was bipartisan. why wewere able to move ahead is a lot of the republicans were arguing, we have to get the cost down. democrats taditionally argue we have to have insurance for everyone. the only way we're going to have sustainable access for all americans is to have lower cost health care and we do that by having belter delivery, best practices, things that improve the delivery of the health care system. so that's the approach that vermont is taking,
, allow me to introduce you to governor rick perry of texas. the guy whomts to eliminate a bunch of federal agencies, but can't be bothered to remember which ones and the guy alon with reject a spending deal with a cut to tax rh owe of 10-1. they were just given a real world choice by the supreme court. in upholding the individual manda mandate, the the supreme court allowed states to -- in other words, states can decide if they want to cover more poor people under the federal medicaid insurance program and have the federal government pay the tab. in normal times, this would be no big deal. after all, who's say thanks but no thanks to the federal government offering 90 cents on the dollar to help your state. it's 100 cents on the dollar in the early years. unfortunately, these are not normal times. rick perry happens to be the governor of texas. one in four of texas residents have no health insurance. costs have skyrocketed faster than the national average, but do you think that means he's going to go along with the plan? texas isn't alone here. seven states have said they're opt
to them in iowa, but we'd -- we'd treat him pretty ugly down in texas. >> now, richard, is there political pressure from republicans on ben bernanke to stay out of the labor market? >> there has been pressure all along, and there's pressure to avoid the next round of what they call contative easing, which rick perry thinks is the worst evil you could imagine. the federal reserve bank rolled not just the big banks in new york, but major corporations across the world when the meltdown happened. it's the height of irresponsibility to try to play politics when the world is looking at another crisis in europe, the federal reserve may be the only institution to act as the lender of last resort for the entire world. that's american leadership. we should be celebrating that. it's scary, devastating we should go through it, but we have a unique role in the world. we shouldn't take that away just as republicans would hate the idea that america's military power shouldn't be preeminent. >> richard wolfe, thank you so much for your time. >> remember to answer tonight ffs question there at the bottom of
heads to texas today where we can expect to hear more. rit romney campaigns in the battleground state of pennsylvania. joining me, associated press national political reporter casey hunt and "washington post" editorial writer and msnbc contributor, jonathan capar. good morning. >> good morning, chris. >> jonathan, the headline -- a headline in your paper today has written this, mitt romney's unsolvable bain problem. there is no solution? >> there's a solution in that governor romney could sit down and talk forthrightly about, you know, what he was doing at bain between 1999 and 2002 and not just say that he took a leave of absence or left completely in february 1999 to run the olympics. >> you have to play devil's advocate. the guy who said he took over bain said he was completely immersed in the owe limb pio li picks. olympics. what answquestions need to be answered? >> there are signatures on forms at the security and exchange commission, a federal agency with mitt romney's signatures on them. i think the governor has to explain how it was possible that he was off running the olympi
oklahoma, even north texas is now quickly shifting back into a bad drought. and when you're really dry, the soil has no moisture in it, doesn't really help you cool. it's almost like a desert effect. usually the plants and the trees and the shrubbery help cool things off. but with everything so bone dry, it's easily with the sun up today going to get from 105 to 110 today from dallas to kansas all the way back over through arkansas. and even as we shift to tomorrow, there's no relief in sight. there's no rain in sight either. i mean, this area of the country just got a feel for all the people that their livelihoods depend on rainfall. talking the ranchers all the way through all the farmers. forecast for the northeast, you get a dry day today. a beautiful day, figures after a rainy, wet weekend in many spots. d.c., a slight chance of a storm. for the most part, you're dry. coastal areas of south carolina, florida and north carolina, late in the evening or early in the morning, you look just fine today. luke, a little preview of tomorrow does show some of those storms returning for the
so if you're in driving distance of austin, texas, on saturday or portsmouth, new hampshire, on sunday, we have details posted if you would like to go. again, they've been your wars. it's your country, you're invited. >>> mercury rising. a large swath of the u.s. enduring another day of relentless heat, but is there light at the end of the tunnel? >>> exit wound. shocking new video shows the moments leading up to a huge pileup on a dallas off ramp. >>> and -- with a bang. out with a bang. a technical glitch causes all of san diego's july 4th fireworks to go off at once. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more straight ahead. 234is is "first look" on msnbc. >>> and we begin this morning with going to extremes. relief could be in sight for millions of americans who have endured nearly a week of record-breaking heat, but the dangerous heat wave forecast to break this weekend in many parts of country is still not over yet. nbc's dan shen minh has that story. >> reporter: 92 degrees before 9:00 a.m. another hot day just beginning in chicago. the tempera
rock. 104 in san anglo, texas, this afternoon. more of the same as we kick off the upcoming work week and drought a big story. an update to that on thursday morning. looks a like a little bit of relief for the midwest and across the plains staying dry for the foreseeable future. >> yikes. i wish you were going to say they had rain coming. thank you so much. appreciate the live report. live coverage continues at 7:00 a.m. eastern, that being the olympics coverage to watchmen's volleyball as russia takes on germany and the networks of nbc universe ral the home of the olympics. we air in total more than 5,000 hours of coverage for you so pull up a chair. to watch the games live as they happen, go to nbcolympics.com. >>> mitt romney has made his way from london to israel for the second stop on his overseas trip. the presumptive republican nominee touched down in tel aviv last night. he has a full schedule including israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. they talked to the media today about the threats faced by israel. >> as we face the challenges of an iran seeking nuclear capability,
. in closing arguments this friday, attorneys for the state of texas argued the state should be released once and for all from the department of its voting business which was clearly authorized. the case is widely expected to wind up before the supreme court where we find the five appointees declaring it's no longer justified. the portion of the act at issue covers nine states and counties and townships and seven others largely in the south that have a history of erecting barriers. in year's past, this took a variety of forums and grandfather tastes that stopped newly formed slaves from voting and literacy tests or simple poll taxes that forced people to pay to vote f they could afford it. after one of the most powerful and courageous social movements in history, one that took the lives of 40 people, lbg signed the voting act in 1975 ending these practices. >> wherever by clear and objective standards, states and counties are using regulations or laws or tests to deny the right to vote. then they will be struck down. if it is clear that state officials still intend to discriminate, then feder
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